Alumni News

Carl Bergenhem (B.S. Computer Science & Engineering, ’09) has been named a Kendo UI project manager at Telerik, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Progress Software. Bergenhem joined the Telerik in 2009, holding various technical positions across every product in the Telerik and Progress portfolios. He has an extensive background in web and frequently speaks at events and conferences across the globe on web development.

Bob Eckel (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ‘80) has joined the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) board of directors. President, North America, at OT-Morpho, Eckel leads the company’s biometric, secure credentialing and enrollment services business. Previously, he served as president of the Secure Credentialing Division of L-1 Identity Systems, joining L-1 in 2008 as part of the acquisition of Digimarc. He earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Jeffrey I.D. Lewis (B.S. Chemical Engineering, ’83) has joined the New York office of Norton Rose Fulbright. An intellectual property attorney focusing on patent litigation, Lewis was previously with the firm Norton Rose Fulbright. In addition to Hatch-Waxman cases, he has extensive experience representing clients in the life sciences and healthcare as well as the technology and innovation sectors. Lewis earned his JD from the Cardozo School of Law.
  Randy Trumbower (M.S., Ph.D Biomedical Engineering, ’02, ’05) has been selected to join the Education Board at the American Health Council. An assistant professor in physical therapy and biomedical engineering and director of research at the department of rehabilitation medicine at Emory University, Trumbower has worked in the healthcare industry for the past 17 years. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Duke University and he completed his fellowship at the Rehab Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University.


Richard H. Carricato (B.S., M.S. Electrical Engineering, ’59, ‘64), 86, died on May 24, 2017 in Stuart, FL. A retired aeronautical electrical engineer, at Perkin Elmer Carricato was instrumental in developing The Hexagon, a photographic reconnaissance satellite. He also helped build the lens of the Hubble Telescope.

Satoshi “Satt” Oishi (B.S. Civil Engineering, ’49) of Lexington, MA, died at home on August 23, 2017. Born in Katada, Japan, in 1927 he immigrated with his parents to the Los Angeles in 1932. In 1942, Oshi’s family, along with thousands of other Japanese Americans, were sent to Rohwer Internment camp in Arkansas. He graduated from the Rohwer Camp High School in 1944 and permitted to take a job in Waterbury, CT. Oshi graduated UConn with high honors and enjoyed a distinguished professional career, most notably the rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge in New York City (1979-1983).

Professor Emeritus Roman Solecki, 92, of Union, CT, passed away on July 29, 2017. He was born on April 6, 1925 in Lwow, Poland. A U.S. citizen and formerly a Jewish Pole, he was a member of Polish Underground (PPS/WRN) and connected to the Polish Government in Exile; he also participated in Warsaw Uprising 1944. Dr. Solecki enjoyed a distinguished academic career in mechanical engineering at UConn from 1968 to 1997. After retiring, he compiled and edited short biographies of prominent Poles. He earned his degree in Continuum Mechanics from Warsaw Polytechnic in 1950. His friends and colleagues remember him fondly for his scholarship, smile, and great sense of humor.

Salvatore “Sal” Zucaro (B.S. Electrical Engineering, ’86) passed away on August 28, 2017 after a long fight with an aggressive cancer. Vice President of Engineering at DRS Technologies, Zucaro was a strong UConn supporter, hiring several engineering graduates and sponsoring research projects in the school. Zucaro’s children, Christina (Neag ’14, ’15) and son Anthony, a third year UConn Law student, are maintaining their dad’s UConn legacy. He spent over 30 years in the field of engineering working for Sikorsky Aircraft, Tellabs, and, most recently, DRS Technologies. Zucaro earned his MBA at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Categories: Aeronautical, Alumni, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Headline, October 12 2017